Drama/ Performing Arts

Aims and Overview of Drama/Performing Artsdrama

Our aims are to offer all pupils unique and particular opportunities to:

  • Learn about the world through the medium of Drama.
  • Develop personal and social skills.
  • Build their knowledge of Theatre as an Art Form.
  • Learn to use Drama techniques as a tool for learning and performing.
  • Contribute to the learning and development of their peers through peer-assessment activities and enhance part of their own learning using self-evaluative techniques.

Central to work in Drama/Performing Arts is the development of skills and confidence in co-operative group work, which are transferable both to other curricular areas and to life outside school.

Drama/Performing Arts lessons at all levels include opportunities for:

  • Sharing of learning objectives.
  • Development of thinking skills.
  • Focused activities.
  • Work in role by pupils and teachers.
  • Out of role discussion and evaluation.


The subject is currently delivered by two members of staff.

Mrs O. O’Neill(subject leader)
Miss H. Beattie


The department consists of two purpose-built studio rooms; one with a mirrored wall for dancers and a lighting rig for performances. Both studio rooms are equipped with touch-screen boards and Apple TV boxes which are used regularly to evaluate recorded performances. Senior Performing Arts and Drama examinations take place in the Lecture Theatre which is complete with PA system, tiered seating for approximately 80 people, and a double lighting rig. The school Assembly Hall is used as a performance space for the School Production every alternate year and is equipped with a 32 channel sound desk and full lighting rig with follow spot.

Why Study Drama/Performing Arts?

Drama and the Performing Arts offer students the chance to explore a full range of performance and technical disciplines, including drama, dance, choreography, singing, directing, lighting design, sound design, costume design and stage-management. These subjects promote student choice, allow for different creative approaches and develop independent learning skills.

The pupils take an active part in planning and creating performances. By working as part of a team they will learn how performances are put together from the initial ideas, through planning and rehearsals to the final performance in front of an audience.

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 are timetabled for one period of Drama each week. During this time, they are given the opportunity to explore and use language and movement as a means of expression and communication. The staff place enormous focus on providing the pupils with opportunities to develop their self-confidence and encourage creativity in all aspects of school life. The curriculum aims to equip the pupils with the transferable and invaluable skills needed in order to empower them for life, and the course at Key Stage 3 provides an excellent foundation for GCSE Drama.


We follow the CCEA GCSE Drama revised specification, taught across 5 periods per week (usually as two double periods and a single period) over Years 11 and 12.

Course Assessment:

Year 11

  • Devised Performance (recorded controlled assessment – 15%)
  • Log Book (written controlled assessment – 10%)

Year 12

  • Scripted Performance (externally moderated – 35%)
  • Written Examination (40%)

A Level

Criteria for Entry:  Grade B or above in GCSE Performing Arts or a related discipline e.g. Music.

GCE Performing Arts has two levels: AS and A2.

AS (40%)

Unit 1
Students develop their skills and apply them to practical contexts. They must produce a portfolio of evidence, including research, a skills audit, a risk assessment and a record and evaluation of their work.

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2
This unit consists of planning and realising a performing arts event. Students produce a supporting document to record their work as they plan, develop and realise their performing arts event.

This unit is externally assessed. A Supporting Document in three sections is produced under controlled conditions and the live performance and/or presentation is assessed by a visiting examiner.

A2 (60%)

Unit 1
Students learn about planning for employment in the performing arts industry. They produce a promotional portfolio and take part in a mock audition and interview. (Performance students have an audition and production students give a presentation).

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2
Students form a production company to research, plan, promote and realise a performing arts event in response to a commission brief. They produce a record of work, which includes a research report, promotional materials and evidence of tasks completed.

This unit is externally examined.